Protesting Israelis struck and unusual note when they staged demonstrations throughout their country against the trial in Leningrad of seven Jews and five Russians who are accused of attempting to hi-jack an aircraft.
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Background: Protesting Israelis struck and unusual note when they staged demonstrations throughout their country against the trial in Leningrad of seven Jews and five Russians who are accused of attempting to hi-jack an aircraft.
Apart from a violinist who played a lament for what was described as "the death of freedom" students in Tel Aviv carried banners through the streets criticising the Soviet government's action.
Some of them, once students in the Soviet Union, even bound them-selves together with ropes to symbolise their view of the condition of Russia's Jews. As they did so the Knesset, Israel's legislative assembly, was passing a motion of solidarity with Soviet Jewry. The country's Prime Minister, Mr Golda Meir Denounced the prosecution as "a modernised version of the Stalin trials." As angry Israelis bombarded Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin with cables calling for the trial to be halted, Israel's police chief, Schlomo Hillel, said that no effort should be spared to get the Jews out of the Soviet Union.